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opposition. >> with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, defense and cia just in the last week, their performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has been pretty poor. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> and so as the president prepares to address the nation focusing on flash points overseas and major challenges at home from gun violence to unemployment and immigration, attention also falls upon whether the republican party will spend the next four years doing exactly what it has done for the last four, opposing and obstructing everything that this president has sought to achieve. for more now let's go right to nbc's kristin welker who is live for us at the white house. good afternoon. what's the white house reaction been to word that republican senators may try to hold up the nomination of chuck hagel? >> reporter: well, martin, the white house says it's a numbers game, and they believe that they have the votes to get
of the filibuster that put the hagel vote off another week. >> john brennan, cia director, and chuck hagel as secretary of defense, we want to make sure we have those guys sitting in the chairs working because i don't want there to have been something missed because of this hang-up in washington. >> john mccain acknowledged hagel will get the vote soon, and that probably will be confirmed soon, but mccain's not voting for him. i believe he is qualifinot qual but i believe we shouldn't hold up the vote any longer. >> senator lindsey graham. >> i think we're doing our job to scrutinize i think one of the most unqualified radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time. >> amazing that a former republican senator from nebraska would be called a radical choice for secretary of defense by a fellow republican. even approving to hagel is confirmed when the senate reconvenes next week, the damage may be done. >> quote, it's going to put him in a difficult position once he gets there. i don't think everyone will say we've put you through the ringer, now forget about it. i think it's tr
. >> i don't think we should let brennan go forward for the cia directorship and hagel to be confirmed until the white house gives us an accounting. >> is it fair to say you are leaning against voting for him. >> that would be fair. >> maybe that's why we haven't heard the full story about benghazi. >> allow myself to introduce myself. >> keep in mind, a lot of the sources are spies and for the most part spies don't like their names used. >> my name is richie cunningham. ♪ how you like me now ♪ how you like me now ♪ remember the time >> good afternoon, and we start in washington where we can observe two very different ways in which we might honor those who serve with this country's armed forces. first, the president led a medal of honor ceremony for staff sergeant clinton remache whose actions during an attack helped save the lives of dozens of his comrades. and then there is the concerted effort by republicans to deny another distinguished veteran from serving his country as secretary of defense. a senate committee scheduled to vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. sen
cheney played in outing valerie plame as the cia officer. patrick fitzgerald, the federal prosecutor, said there is a cloud over him. that's what he said back then. and here is why, according to "time" magazine, quote, though his recollection of other events in the same time frame was lucid and detailed, on at least 20 occasions scooter libby, cheney's chief of staff, could not recall details of his talks with cheney of plame's place of employment or questions the vice president raised privately about wilson's credibility. some bush officials wondered whether libby was covering up for cheney's involvement in the leak of plame's identity. joan, i have to tell you, i respect scooter libby in one regard, loyalty at this. he has kept, and it is a strange loyalty, he has never brought cheney into this thing. cheney has been able to use crocodile tears to pretend he cared about the guy. he referred to him as a soldier left on the field. excuse me, there were 4,000 real soldiers left on the field. >> right. >> somehow he comes off as the sympathetic guy when, in fact, this guy wasn't out ro
vote on john brennan as cia director is going to be held in the last week of february. dianne feinstein says they are awaiting more drone memos from the white house. ran paul is leading the charge on this. he says i'm going to object in any way we can until we find out whether or not the head of the cia claims the authority to kill americans without a trial with a drone in america. >> which is an amazing thing for a conservative republican senator to be saying. to making an unimaginably soft on military power left wing argument against john brennan and drones. you wonder what his fellow members of the republican caucus are saying about or to rand paul. dude, you know, we like drones. we like killing people. >> i don't think rand paul does too much working with the caucus sounds like. i think that's the issue. >> you know, maggie, a lot of people think it's premature for us to be talking about 2016. rand paul is going to be a serious issue for the republican party not just because he is giving a post-buttle -- post-buttle to the rebuttal -- so many buttales -- but because he is very cons
brennan comes up to be cia director expect another one of these circumstances but for tonight this is a setback for hagel. it's part of the process. it doesn't derail it but it's a difficult day for chuck hagel. >> kristin welker, are you hearing any reaction from the white house? >> reporter: i can tell you they're working on a statement, martin, right now. they do still continue to stand by their belief that he will ultimately be confirmed. to your point this is a blow to the white house. the president's initial pick for secretary of defense, susan rice, was derailed by the republicans, so this certainly is unwelcome news. >> kristin welker and kelly o'donnell, thank you so much. thank you for watching. chris matthews picks things up right now. >>> the war on chuck hagel. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. the breaking news. senate republicans have successfully blocked a vote on chuck hagel. republicans have thrown out so many different reasons for this it's hard to know why they're opposing the man
. i couldn't believe the vice president was saying this and doing work with the cia through all the briefings i heard at langley, i never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. >> this is what's so stunning about your report tonight, your book and everything. just documents the fact that the people who knew more than the big shots in the white house, including cheney, knew it wasn't there, that he just bs'd his way into that war. >> cheney said there was no doubt in that -- >> that's his avuncular manner. >> no doubt they were amassing weapons to attack the united states with. ziny and many others within the intelligence and national security establishment which we read about in the book through this was plenty of doubt that in all the major factors that they would bring to wear, aluminum tubes and yellow cake there, was always dissent, someone saying we're not so sure about this intelligence. it's rather iffy. >> why did cheney say otherwise? >> ziny, just to underscore how significant it was, he was centcom commander since 2007. his view of the i
brennan to go forward for the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. did the president ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the lebanese government to help these foes? what did the president do? i'm going to ask my colleagues just like they did with john bolton. joe biden said no confirmation without information. no confirmation without information. >> you are saying that you are going to block the nominations, you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this. now john mccain has already said he doesn't think the republicans ought to filibuster this. what will you do? you're just going to put a stop to this? >> this is a national security issue and i'm not going to stop until we get to the bottom of it. >> senator john mccain is also coming down hard against chuck hagel for pick of secretary of defense. hagel's opposition to the u.s. troop surge in iraq raises some serious questions about his judgment on foreign policy. >> you saw the hearing. you know his record. are you goin
to oppose his nominees for top cabinet slots at the pentagon and cia. republican senator lindsey graham threatened to hold up those picks until the white house delivers more information about the attacks in benghazi. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting, did the president ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the libyan government to help these folks? what did the president do? yes, i'm going to ask my colleagues just like they did with john bolton, joe biden said, no confirmation without information. no confirmation without information. >> you are saying that you are going to block the nominations -- you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer? >> yes. >> now, john mccain has already think that he doesn't think republicans ought to filibuster this. what will you do? you're just going to put a hold on it? >> yeah, i'm not filibustering. this is a national security failure of monumental proportions, and i'm not going to st
involving then cia director david petraeus. in thousands of e-mails, several hundred were between general allen and a socialite down there in tampa. according to officials who have seen these e-mails, the vast majority were innocent about military events around tampa. a couple that some people in the obama administration and here in the pentagon thought were a little bit suspect. they had the inspector general here at the pentagon launching an investigation. after this exhausted investigation which was finally concluded and it was determined that general allen was involved in no misconduct, no inappropriate language or communications with this socialite, he was cleared of that. in the meantime, his nomination to be the supreme allied commander of europe had been put on hold. the white house has not yet although they support allen has not yet sent that nomination back to the hill and we are told that general allen may not and is strongly considering withdrawing from the nomination because he doesn't want to resurrect that controversy and put he and his family through it. one other thing. t
filibustered, at the same time that there's a possibility filibuster as the cia director. i do think that ultimately, these political fights don't happen in a vacuum, all of the things that john harwood just said about the wind being at the president's back is going to end up meaning that he's going to get a deferment. >> and chuck hagel, if he's confirmed will attend a nato conference. and if not, panetta will have to step in there. >> and that's the pressure that's going to have to come to bear for the republicans, at the end of the day, this has real impact if the president doesn't have a confirmed secretary of defense. >> some of the republicans have tried to, i don't know if it's splitting hairs or if they're embarrassed by the use of the word filibuster, but they're attempting to describe this as something other than that. >> this is not a filibuster, i keep getting stopped by people out in the hall, oh, we're going to filibuster, who's going to filibuster. it's not a filibuster, all they have to do is have a 60-vote margin. >> so rachel, harry reed says it is a filibuster, jim
of the drone and the cia and john kerry is at state and we don't have verbalized obama doctrine. it's because of some slight against mccane during the 2008 campaign, and now here we have senator mccain at the center of the hagel controversy -- confirmation controversy. i'm not surprised by it. >> that's the thing. to alex's point, this is so washington that hagel is the one under tank and not john brennan. it shows three things, i think. number one, that obamafication of a lifelong republican is too much for the republicans. my response is great, you don't get any republicans in the cabinet. if you can't handle this conservative republican from a red state, then forget it. we're not even going to work with you on that. number two -- >> then bernie sanders is going to be the secretary. >> number two, that policy always comes second. the guy who was right about the iraq war and led at a time when it was more difficult from a conservative position is punished by that from everyone whereas the guy who in my opinion was clearly wrong about torture and has not offered a strong defense by which i me
? cheney says it's vital to national security that good folks hold positions like secretary of state, cia director, and secretary of defense. we can all be on board with that. first off, none of the president's nominees are second rate. we don't need to point out why everyone on the wall is qualified to serve as the president's national security team. meanwhile, let's look at a few bush/cheney dandies from their cabinets there is secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. we can't forget him, can we? he botched the wars in afghanistan and iraq. he ignored critical advice from colleagues and failed to commit the correct number of troops to get the job done for those wars. bush appointed condoleezza rice his national security adviser. well, condi lied about weapons of mass destruction in iraq and played a key role in starting the war. as a reward, bush later promoted her to secretary of state. then there is fema director, how could we ever forget brownie? of course bush told brownie he was doing a heck of a job responding to hurricane katrina. but now brownie is famous for one of the biggest gov
and brennan, defense and cia, just in the last week their performance in front of the committees that have to be determined is pretty poor. you look at what the president's desire for picking chuck hagel, i think he wants a republican to go and be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do in the defense department, which is either do serious, serious damage to our military capabilities. >> wheel party elders and gop senators raise contain on the sidelines, hagel may have his mind on more important matters. namely, the announcement of a third underground nuclear test in north korea this morning, a development that would constitute an actual concern for any future secretary of defense. any other piece on the ridiculousness of the hagel haggle as we called it, and the hill today given what's happening on the international stage. we're talking about filibustering a cabinet which has never been done before would seem to be a misuse of one's time in the senate. >> particularly when you consider that over the weekend -- this is just sunday -- lindsey graham said that no confirmation of that
the attention then will move to john brennan to be the cia director. we have the hearings last week and roughed up by a couple of senators. overall i'm struck by the volume of outrage of congress which is sort of, you know, to date, left out of this entire decision make process about drones and sort of the, you know, talking -- getting any information about what's happened after the drones go out and kill people. are you surprised, jonathan, by the lack of sort of, you know, audible outrage from congress over this? >> i think you've got two things at work. one is that the republicans largely agree with the president's targeted killing program, that is to say drone strikes and other ways of killing top targeted terrorists on a very individual basis. and you've got most democrats either agree with the policy or willing to give president of their own party a lot of leash on it and hearing the very far left and far right with concerns and then occasionally some of the folks in the middle expressing concerns and probably not the type of concerns to lead them to stop the president from having the def
-mails that came to light during the resignation of cia director david petraeus. allen exchanged e-mails with tampa socialite joe kelly, and even though a subsequent review cleared allen of any inappropriate activity, yesterday defense secretary leon panetta said allen has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and urged the general to take some time on whether decides whether to take or leave the nato post. >>> turning to the markets and a corporate marriage on valentine's day, american airlines and us airways have formally announced plans to merge, creating the world's largest air carrier. that happens about every three years, doesn't it? this new airline will keep the american name and its ceo. it will offer 6,700 daily flights to nearly 60 countries. it's not the only big deal on wall street today. berkshire hathaway and 3g capital have agreed to buy heinz, a deal valued at more than $23 billion. the news sent the kech yaup maker's stock up more than 20%. should make for an interesting new closure report the next time we look at the john kerry and teresa heinz kerry scloefr reports. up next
be the choice to lead the cia. he would be much more directly involved in the benghazi matter, but this is a way to try to pressure the administration to provide information that congress believes it has a right to have. now, the white house could certainly argue that what the president was doing or what time he went to bed, those sorts of questions, are sort of under an executive privilege. they don't have to tell them about that. it does have a political question. how engaged was the president once he was notified at 5:00 p.m. by secretary panetta that there was an unfolding assault happening in benghazi. those are things that came out through recent testimony through panetta, and the joint chiefs chair that had he had not spoken to the president again after initially informing hem. that created a new sort of political oxygen for republicans who want to know if there was a missing ambassador, what was the president doing, and, of course, the white house says that he was being properly informed by his national security team and so forth, but there are questions they want to know. crediting the
, on that. expect more questions, chris u when joan brennan, the cia director nominee comes forward. it's a tool -- >> what do they still want to know about benghazi that can be used for this decision to hold up this confirmation? what do they still want to know? >> they want to know the name of the person that changed the talking points that were circulated and inclouded the description of the video when the secretary of defense and the joint chiefs chair both knew, almost stantly, that it was terrorism. media, while many in the public think this issue is over and done with, that the families want to know and that they need to have more information so that conduct of any administration will be aware of the power of oversight from the senate. and they think that will change how people react and decisions they will make. that's the argument they laid out. they said it is not personal, but it is a tool to get information. they believe it was successful in getting the hearing and the letter they wanted. >> thank you, kelly o'donnell, for that report. great to have you on tonight. big news
. but in any case, you're not going to have a cia director either until after the recess. >> if chuck hagel ultimately ends up confirmed, and that was part of the white house statement today saying listen, he has majority support, he got 58 votes on the cloture vote today, which implies he is going to be confirmed, if they ever allow a vote. once we get defense secretary chuck hagel, what does what we just went through mean for what the relationship's going to be like between congress and the pentagon? congress and the pentagon are a little bit at each other's throats right now anyway because of the negotiations around the sequester and how the pentagon budget is going to proceed not only over this next year but over the next few years. what's it going to mean between congress and the pentagon once chuck hagel's in charge after they made him go through this? >> well, if the president thought that by having a republican in the cabinet at the pentagon he was going to buy any kind of loyalty or relationship with republican senators, he can think again about that. because this simply isn't happ
, and doing work with the cia on iraq wmd, through all the briefs i heard at langley, i never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. and that's when i began to believe they're getting serious about this. they want to go into iraq. >> joining me now, rachel maddow, narrater of the documentary "hubris: selling the iraq war," which premiers monday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on this network. and david corn of mother jones magazine, who co-authored the book. great to have both of you with us. >> thanks, ed. >> rachel, the people coming forward going on record will change a lot of people who were thinking, well, we really did the right thing. >> two things have been happening in the ten years since we were led into this war from the political right. and one is the idea that it wasn't that much of a mistake. you see that still happening in politics this past week in capitol hill, right? people defending the iraq war as if it were the right thing to do. but also, this idea that we were all in bed together, that we all made the same wrong decision together as a nation, that
this. in doing work with the cia on iraq, through all the abbreviation i heard at langely, i never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. and that's when i began to believe, they're getting serious about this. they want to go into iraq. but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold truth! your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. how did i know? well, i didn't really. see, i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive... but when i started losing energy and became moody... that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor. we discussed all the symptoms... then he gave me some blood tests. showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number
it that is depicted in the movie. >> he is the latest in the string of officials to come away with that. cia interrogations classified and released that reviewed 6 million pages of documents found torture was not a component in finding osama bin laden. reauthorize the violence against women in a vote, 78-22. all 22 votes were republican men. every female senator supported the bill. now it goes to the house. in case there's any doubt, elizabeth warren is going to be an asset. after her election in november there was discussion of whether she would be assigned to it. well, at her very first hearing were a number of banking regulators, she showed just why she deserves to be up on the dance. >> the question i really want to ask is about how tough you are, about how much leverage you really have in these settlements and what i would like to know is tell me a little bit about the last few times you have taken the biggest financial institutions on wall street all the way to a trial. >> they didn't have a lot of answers to that. the crisis that has truth to it is the idea that existing regulations c
at the cia. jack lew is undergoing questioning now and getting roughed up a bit. and right now his nomination may or may not be held up. what's the republican end game here? it's just not good for the national party brand. >> no, i don't think it is good, joe. and you've seen all this up close before. i think this is just a moment of leverage here. i mean, look. the president's got leverage on his domestic agenda right now. he's used his leverage after the election on taxes. you know, this is some leverage that republicans have to get some questions answered, to send some messages, to fire some shots across the bow. they're doing that. the white house is listening, by the way. it's mostly vice president biden who's talking to some of these more recalcitrant republicans and making sure they get what they need so they can get some of this stuff behind them. issues like benghazi. you know, i don't think there's any real issue with lew. as you know on the brennan matter, i mean, rand paul is kind of off in his own silo, if you will. i don't think he's got a great deal of support, you know, in ter
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